Thursday, November 12, 2009

On the Hodge River

I had been looking at this river on google earth, that starts near Ocean Pond and flows to Whitbourne, coming out near the pump house not too far from my house, for a long time. This past weekend, I was finally able to check it out. The forecast was terrible for Saturday, rain and/or snow, with winds NW 50 gusting to 70 gusting to 90 km/h. So again, not much of a day to paddle on the ocean, so we decided to try out this river route. Its been constantly raining for weeks, so we figured the small river would have enough water for us to paddle in.

It started off kinda rough, and we contemplated turning around, as the river was too shallow and rocky. But after the first km, it opened up a bit to more of a boggy/marshy river. It took us about 4 hrs altogether, and only had to get out of our boats once or twice because it was too shallow.

We saw 2 grouse, and 4 Canada geese. And a lot of wind and rain. Most of my pics came out very blurry, but here are a few.

Trent setting up the pontoons to carry his dog

Rooster enjoying the ride

The start of the Hodge River

Road block along the way

There were a lot of beaver lodges and dams along the way

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